It was Lough's first action since Tuesday after injuring his foot in an outfield drill, but X-rays on the injury came back clean and the reserve outfielder was able to rack up four at-bats Friday and steal his second bag of the spring. He is 4 for 11 with three runs, one walk and one RBI thus far.
Perhaps his still unquenched desire to sign a contract extension has weighed on the mind of
Whatever the case, the monkey is off his back. He slugged an RBI double in a victory over Atlanta on Friday.
Schoop is competing for the starting job at second base and doing a great job of standing out in the early part of March, going 5 for 9 with one home run, two doubles and one walk in six appearances. He also put up strong numbers during a brief spring performance last season, going 4 for 6 with one home run in 2013.
Urrutia hadn't played since the previous Friday due to shoulder inflammation, but he came on as a pinch-hitter for the red-hot Nick Markakis in the fifth and stayed through the remainder of the blowout win. Urrutia is 0 for 5 in two appearances so far this spring.
"The only question we have right now is answering the durability one," John Farrell told the Boston Herald.
Sizemore has been battling Jackie Bradley for the starting spot. Bradley is batting .231 in the exhibition season. Sizemore has not played in a major league game since 2011 with Cleveland.
"First game everything feels a little awkward," Wright told The Star-Ledger Friday. "It doesn't help all that much that the first guy you face throws 97 (mph). But it's good, it's good to be out there and get the first one under your belt."
Wright wasn't held out before Friday due to injury; rather, the team wanted him to get a later start to help avoid fatigue.
Paulino performed better than he did in his first start of the spring, but that's not saying much. He gave up four hits and three earned runs in three innings. He did strike out five. Paulino has now yielded seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in two outings.
Chavez is coming off a decent 2013 season in which he surrendered 50 hits and struck out 57 1/3 innings and managed a 3.92 ERA.
Blanton suffered through a miserable 2013 season with the Dodgers. He finished 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA. He gave up 29 home runs in just 132 2/3 innings.
"Right now, the ball is pretty big," he told MLB.com.
Krauss has eight hits in 15 at-bats this spring.